Geosynthetics Institute News

June 1st, 2017

Robert M. Koerner on his namesake award and lecture series On March 14, 2017, at the Geotechnical Frontiers conference in Orlando, Fla., George Koerner graciously accepted the Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture Series. The biennial award and lecture series were established by the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) Executive Council; Koerner was the first recipient. […]

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Fall Lobby Day Dec. 1

October 1st, 2016

The 2016 primary and general election cycle is unpredictable and exciting in many respects. GMA typically hosts its fall lobby days in October. However, due to this year’s election GMA, decided to gather post-election in Washington, D.C. This will give our government relations team ample time to assess the post-election climate on Capitol Hill and […]

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Continued Capitol Hill success

August 1st, 2016

Wednesday, April 27 was GMA’s most recent Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. A delegation of nearly 30 GMA representatives, attended 27 meetings. GMA’s government relations firm, Whitmer and Worrall, coordinated 11 meetings on the Senate side and 16 on the House side. The congressional offices we visited represented interest on the following committees: Transportation and […]

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GMA’s 2016 government relations program is in full swing

June 1st, 2016

March 2016 was a great month for GMA to ramp up its 2016 federal and state lobbying efforts. GMA members and I had the opportunity to meet with three federal agencies in Washington, D.C. These meetings allowed GMA to educate government officials about the benefits of geosynthetic materials and at the same time encouraging federal […]

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Fleischmann receives GMA award

May 5th, 2016

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) was the recipient last week of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) Leadership Award. Presented April 27 during GMA’s spring Lobby Day on Capitol Hill, Fleischmann was cited as a “friend of the geosynthetics industry” for his efforts to include geosynthetics language in the far-reaching transportation bill that was signed by […]

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State and local efforts, activities report, Lobby Day on GMA’s agenda

April 1st, 2016

During my first year as a division supervisor, managing the Geosynthetic Materials Association, GMA has seen an increase in activity. GMA has been able to capitalize on its strong presence on Capitol Hill, by encouraging Congress to pass a long-term highway bill that included meaningful geosynthetic language. GMA has made significant efforts to cultivate relationships […]

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January 2016 GMA News

February 1st, 2016

Fall 2015 Lobby Day GMA hosted its 2015 fall lobby day in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29. This was an exciting time to be in our nation’s capitol as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was elected Speaker of the House and U.S. lawmakers were finally putting the finishing touches on a long-term transportation funding bill. The evening […]

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GMA is a sponsor for Educate the Educators

October 1st, 2015

In late July, I joined representatives from seven GMA member companies to attend the revived Educate the Educators conference held at the University of Texas in Austin. The purpose of the event was to educate university professors from the United States and around the world on the benefits of geosynthetics in this classroom. The two-day […]

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Celebrating 10 years of government relations advocacy

April 1st, 2015

Building on successes, more work ahead By Lucie Passus, IFAI Division Supervisor At the recent Geosynthetics 2015 Conference in Portland, Ore., GMA celebrated a decade of government relations advocacy success. Here are some highlights: 2005—GMA hires a professional lobbying firm—Whitmer & Worrall—in Washington, D.C., to help educate members of Congress and regulatory agencies and to […]

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